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Edition 16.19 Yamagami's Garden Center May 12, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it."
~Frank McKinney Hubbard

Some Like It Hot, Really Hot!
Peppers That Hurt So Good...

Most people like hot peppers for the burn. It turns out that hot peppers are actually really good for you. Hot Peppers' heat comes from capsaicin.

Heat (Capsaicin content) is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU).

Capsaicin has been known for centuries to have health benefits. It is being tested in cancer research, where it apparently kills and/or inhibits cancer cells.

Capsaicin is also used to relieve pain from arthritis, migraines, sprains, and headaches. It seems to be a wonder drug!

The Super Hots:

Carolina Reaper is currently the world's hottest pepper at a blistering 1,569.300 SHUs. It is a hybrid that has a fruity flavor once you survive the capsaicin. Available in very limited quantities.

Trinidad AKA Scorpion comes in at #2 with a merely scorching 1,463,700 SHUs. It originated in Trinidad.

Ghost Pepper, AKA Bhut Jolokia, has been around for centuries but was introduced to the Western World in 2000 as the hottest pepper in the world at 1,041,427 SHUs. In 2007, it was recorded in The Guinness Book Of World Records. It is now down to #5.

Carolina Reaper


The Merely Incendiary:

For most people, peppers like Jalapeños are plenty hot (2500 – 5000 SHUs). We offer several different Jalapeños including Jalapeño Gigante, an extra-large and thick-walled variety. It's perfect for poppers!

Jalapeño Gigante

The Mild:

Another newer offering is Zavory, a MILD Habanero pepper. Generally, Habanero peppers are so hot (over 300.000 SHU) that few folks get to enjoy their fruity flavor. Now anyone can! Zavory is listed at 100 SHU, barely that of a pepperoncini.

Zavory Habanero

These are just a few of our pepper varieties. Come in to browse our wide world of peppers and other summer vegetables.

Accessorize Your Garden
Handcrafted Signs

Newly arrived are delightful garden signs from Bainbridge Island, WA. The company started out creating decorations for chicken coops. Now, they create farm goods for lovers of dogs, horses, chickens and the rural life.

The signs are painted with waterproof, UV-resistant paint on sturdy aluminum. Their designs will delight young and old with their whimsical colors and styling.

Peruvian Lilies:
A Hummingbird's Delight

Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria) are a delight for hummingbirds and some of the easiest and best cut flowers you can grow. They bloom almost non-stop in spring and summer.

To keep them producing blossoms, pull up flowering stems from their base; never cut them. This stimulates the rhizome (root clump) into producing more flowering stems. Always leave some flowers on the plants to share with the hummingbirds.

Currently we offer two different hybrid series, Inca and Princess. The Inca Alstroemeria grow 2 to 3 feet tall and come in a range of colors. They bloom from early spring through the fall. Once established, they are fairly water-wise. Hardy to 15-20°F, they over-winter easily here.

The Princess series are hybrid dwarf plants growing around 12" to 16" tall, still tall enough for great cut flower arrangements. They come in a wide range of colors and make lovely mounds of blossoms all summer long. We have six different Princesses in stock. It's fun to mix them because they play well together.

We offer other Alstroemeria varieties in assorted colors, like Rock and Roll, with gorgeous variegated foliage and Indian Summer, with a rich blend of colors.

As the season progresses, we'll have even more of the florist types. Hummingbirds and butterflies will thank you for planting Peruvian Lilies!

Hummingbirds Love
Peruvian Lilies!

Inca Alstroemeria

Princess Fabiana

Rock and Roll

Indian Summer

Sustainable Wooden Jewelry

A flower garden for your ears? Yes! New to us this spring are lightweight wooden earrings, laser-cut from sustainably harvested trees. Designs feature blossoms, hummingbirds, honeybees, and other flower garden players. The earrings are about 1 inch long, so they are lightweight, yet are intricately cut. Crafted in San Diego, CA.

May Is For Mulch!

G & B Soil Building Conditioner is an all-natural and organic mulch and soil amendment. It contains recycled forest products, composted chicken manure, gypsum, oyster shell & dolomite limes (as pH adjusters), vermicompost (worm castings), bat guano, and kelp meal. OMRI approved SBC also contains beneficial microbes to further encourage vigorous root systems. As a mulch, it breaks down to feed and improve the soil.

May special: Buy 3 and Get 1 FREE!
Use SBC to improve your soil for new plantings, or as a mulch for established plantings. Either way, your garden will flourish.

Coming Events

Saturday, May 14th at 10 AM.
Fairy Garden Class

$40 fee covers materials and instruction to create your own whimsical garden to take home. Space is limited. It's a fun project to do with friends or family. Call us at 408 252-3347 to pay for your space.

Saturday, May 21st at 10 AM
Sunday, May 22nd at 11 AM
Water 101 Class

Our Landscape Consultant, Alan Tagami, discusses how to conserve water and maintain a beautiful garden. Class is FREE.

Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th,
10 AM to 3 PM both days
Chrysanthemum Starter Plant Sale

Members of the local Chrysanthemum Society will be selling florist mum starter plants at very reasonable prices. Learn how to grow your own show-stopping specimens!

Saturday, June 11th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Fuchsia Show and Sale!
Come see some beautiful Fuchsia blossoms and learn how to grow your own. Come get some great deals on some wonderful varieties.

Sesame Spinach

What You'll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 6 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 very large bunch fresh spinach, washed and drained
  • Garnish: 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Step by Step:

  • Thoroughly mix soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar. Set aside.
  • Heat peanut oil in a large skillet, and add garlic, ginger, and scallions. Sauté over medium heat until softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add spinach and stir-fry until cooked through but still a bit crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Add reserved soy sauce mixture and heat through.
  • Remove from heat, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve immediately.
Serves 3 to 4.

This recipe is courtesy of Renee's Garden Seeds.
For more great garden-inspired recipes, see Renee's cookbooks, available at Yamagami's.


3 day forecast

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New Native Planting Mix
G & B Organics
Native Planting Mix
is ideal for CA natives and other water-wise plants.

Since 1948, Yamagami's Nursery has been committed to the promotion of beauty and the plants, products and friendly, professional support needed to attain and maintain that Beauty. In my parents' footsteps (and Taro Yamagami's before them), I promise to continue that tradition. I invite you to visit us in the nursery and on our website, for help in making your yard into a beautiful garden.
Thanks for visiting,

Preston Oka

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